Saudi Arabia is hosting a counter-terrorism meeting on September 11. Representatives from Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, the U.S., and the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) will attend.
Asharq al-Awsat reports that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Saudi Arabia and Jordan this week “to discuss the latest developments” on the terror front, and Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is “on a tour of Gulf States” that makes attending the meeting convenient for him as well.
Saudi Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz wants to focus not only on physical terrorism, and the danger posed by it, but also on the “intellectual and financial sources” behind terrorism.
The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reports that Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers is calling for Arab states to “take the necessary measures to protect Arab security, [and] confront all terrorist and extremist organization…at all political, security, defense, judicial, media, and intellectual levels.”
On August 15 Breitbart News reported that Saudi Arabia wrote a $100 million check to the UN for the purposes of fighting terrorism. The Associated Press said “Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Adel al-Jubier,” gave the check to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and described “terrorism…[as] a scourge and an evil that effects all of us.”
Saudi Arabia’s September 11 counter-terrorism meeting comes on the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks against the United States. The date also marks two years since the terror attack against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
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